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Indian suspension continues

NEW DELHI -- The International Boxing Association (AIBA) has announced that the Indian Boxing Federation's suspension will continue until honest officials are found to lead it.

"As AIBA president and on behalf of the entire boxing family, I am expressing my deepest regret and sadness that we had to make this decision,'' the amateur boxing body's chief Ching-Kuo Wu said in a statement.

"AIBA has always regarded India as one of the most important members of its family, but it has become impossible for us to bear the hard feelings, the pain and suffering the boxers as well as the boxing family in India had to go through under the past and recent leadership which has also been damaging the image, reputation and interest of our sport in the country,'' Ching-Kuo said.

The Indian body has been suspended since December 2012 for not following proper procedures during polls in which it elevated previous president Abhay Singh Chautala to chairman of the body.

Chautala's election as president of the Indian Olympic Association that same week had led to its suspension by the International Olympic Committee and the IOA was reinstated only last month after a new set off officials were elected.

"It is believed that the only way to get the sport of boxing back on track in India would be for it to be left in the hands of trustful, clean and honest people who love boxing and to give the opportunity to any group of people with passion and love for our sport to submit applications for the establishment of a new national federation,'' Wu added.

The world body also said that the Indian coaches and athletes will continue to compete under the AIBA flag.